Community News - The parish of St Mary Bourne

St Mary Bourne & Woodcott
& Valley
Parish Magazine for Hurstbourne Priors, Longparish and St Mary Bourne & Woodcott
January 2015
Coffee at The George
All ages are welcome, from all the villages,
to a social coffee morning on Tuesday
13th January at 10.30am in The George
Inn, St Mary Bourne - £2.50 for coffee and biscuits. If
you need a lift, contact Win Coventry  01264 738199
for St Mary Bourne, and Dorothy Millward  01264
738373 for Stoke.
Freya MACFARLANE - 8 on the 4th
Phoebe CARTER-DESAI - 6 on the 6th
Mark ROBERTS - 5 on the 6th
Elliot DAY - 7 on the 7th
Sophia LUMSDEN - 5 on the 7th
Daisy MARKS - 9 on the 11th
India ANNALS - 9 on the 13th
Bertie GOLDING - 4 on the 14th
Theodore BURGESS-CROSS - 7 on the 16th
Lucy MONEY - 7 on the 19th
Charlotte RAWORTH - 8 on the 19th
Zach CHAMBERLAIN - 6 on the 29th
A huge thank you to all those shoppers and local
businesses who supported
our Christmas Fair on Friday
28th November. The hall was
full of quality gift stalls to suit
all pockets with a busy café
serving lunch, tea and
delicious cakes, plus a raffle
and a silent auction providing
plenty of opportunities to
complete Christmas shopping.
After school finished, Year 6 children ran fun stalls for
the lower years. There was a Teddy Tombola, Toy stall
and children's tea was provided to help make the
afternoon a memorable occasion for all age groups. We
raised over £5,000 which is an event record.
We recently raised £133 through 'Phil the Bag' which
we will repeat next Spring throughout the parish. If you
would like to join the Friends of the School Supporters
email list to find out how else you can contribute to our
ongoing fundraising efforts, please contact Co-Chair Jo
Strong by email [email protected] .
From the Ringing Chamber
We Will Remember Them…
St Mary Bourne bell ringers rang a
specially-composed ‘date touch’
comprising 1914 changes on Sunday
9th November. It was rung half-muffled
immediately prior to the Remembrance
service to mark the Centenary of the
outbreak of World War One. The ringing took 67 minutes
to complete.
Chris Caryer
Coffee at The George on 9th December 2014
Photo: Chrissie Henderson
Dear St Mary Bourne and Stoke,
Our Pioneer Group knocked on doors in November to
collect tins, jars, packets and cartons for the Andover
Food Bank. We collected lots of full bags and Dodie took
it into the Andover Food Bank headquarters and they
were very happy to receive all we had collected. We
collected over 80 kg of food. Many thanks to every
household we visited. Thank you very much.
Next term we are going to visit the food bank to learn
how to pack the boxes up.
Pioneers 2014
It is impossible to say thank you to everyone for
everything they drop off at my house or in the church
because so much of it doesn’t have a name tag attached
- but thank you to everyone - for gifts of all sorts; from
carpentry tools to keyboards, printers, shoes and mice
(not of the four legged variety).
Thank you, but I want to add, BA have reduced our
luggage allowance so we will be unable in future to take
a huge amount of excess baggage. So I hope I won’t
offend anyone by saying, can you please ring before you
deliver items, as much of what we have taken before we
will not have room for.
Dodie  01264 738211
Scramblers … for the Under 5’s
Our first Scramblers for the year is on Thursday 8th
January at 2.15pm in the church. We will be looking for
three men who are wise, their three camels and a star.
St Mary Bourne Tennis Tournament
Sunday 7th June 2015
St Mary Bourne & Woodcott
& Valley
Parish Magazine for Hurstbourne Priors, Longparish and St Mary Bourne & Woodcott
January 2015
Welcome to The Rev’d Craig Marshall
The ceremony in St Peter’s Church, St Mary Bourne on
19th November for the Institution of the Rev’d Craig
Marshall as Vicar of the Benefice of Hurstbourne Priors,
Longparish, St Mary Bourne and Woodcott was a very
happy occasion. He was also commissioned as Diocesan
Rural Adviser.
The Rt Rev’d David Williams, Bishop of Basingstoke
conducted the service which was attended by Area Dean
Kevin Inglis, our Archdeacon Michael Harley, the Lay
Chair of the Deanery Synod Jonathan Taylor, and other
clergy, churchwardens and parishioners from throughout
the benefice. The Mayor and Mayoress of Basingstoke
were also at the service and many friends and family
members of Rev’d Craig Marshall had travelled from all
over the UK to be present.
Bishop David thanked the Rev’ds Dodie Marsden,
Richard Sutcliffe, Terry Hemming and the churchwardens
for the extra burdens they had carried since the sad
death of Canon Michael St John-Channell. He welcomed
Rev’d Craig Marshall as an artist and a theologian, and
he looked forward to hearing exciting stories of new life
and surprises coming from the Benefice brought by the
spirit of Christ.
everyone was
invited to meet
Rev’d Craig in St
Mary Bourne Village
Centre. John
Woodcock, Patron
of the Living of St
presented him with
a framed selection
of paintings by
some of the artists
within the benefice.
Rev’d Richard Sutcliffe and Rev’d Craig Marshall
admiring the picture
Watching the presentation
Brigadier Philip Winchcombe with Bishop David
Rev’d Dodie Marsden
Rev’d Terry Hemming
On Sunday 23rd November the St Mary
Bourne bell ringers rang a quarter peal to
celebrate Craig’s first Sunday service. The
method rung was called St Mary Bourne
Doubles and took 42 minutes to complete.
St Peter’s Choir Members
Jen Gunnell
Imogen Collins & Livi Anning
Photos: R. Widén
St Mary Bourne & Woodcott
& Valley
Parish Magazine for Hurstbourne Priors, Longparish and St Mary Bourne & Woodcott
‘The Film’ at St Mary Bourne Village Centre
January 2015
continues to be a great success and
over a hundred people attended our
festive Christmas Lunch in December
at the Village Centre. With sherry on
arrival, all enjoyed a traditional roast turkey meal followed
by mince pies and tea or coffee. Once again there was a
superb raffle, and children from St Mary Bourne Primary
School came along to entertain us so well with Christmas
Our thanks go to everyone who supports and helps us
each year. In particular, the Bourne Valley Pick Your Own,
the Vitacress company, the Village Shop, the Village School,
all who generously donated raffle prizes, and all who come
along each month. Last, but not least, many thanks to the
Lunch Team for all they continue to do.
Returning to the third Wednesday of the month, our next
lunch will be on Wednesday 21st January, 12.30pm at St
Mary Bourne Village Centre as usual. If you need a lift
please phone Chris Smith on  01264 738110 on the
Tuesday before.
Chris Smith
(12A) - 95 min
Doug (David Tennant) and Abi (Rosamund Pike) and their
three children travel to the Scottish Highlands for Doug's
father Gordie's (Billy Connolly) birthday party. It's soon
clear that when it comes to keeping a secret from the rest of
the family, their children are their biggest liability...
Tuesday 20 January - 7.30pm
Hall and Licensed Bar open from 7pm
Tickets £5 in advance or £6 at the door
 01264 738 164 or [email protected]
Film dates: ● 17th February ● 17th March ● 14th April
A Romantic Date for Your Diary:
Enjoy a great Valentine’s Party
on 14th February 2015 in the Village Centre
● Dancing to the sounds of Tuxedo Jazz ● With a three
course supper ● Great raffle prizes
All proceeds to Willow Court Amenities Fund
This is a great cause helping elderly people who
have no funds or family to pay for an
occasional outing away from their
residential home.
Tickets £35 each with 8 people to a table
Contact Swee on 01264 738288 to book
Our local used stamps box in the back of the
church has helped to raise a record £122,610
for the vital work of the Leprosy Mission this
year. Please don't forget to save even your
first and second class stamps for our box as
collectors will buy these to search for printing flaws. JG
Thanks to everyone who supported the
FairTrade stall in church and at the bazaar.
We sold over £280 of goods. CH
A cleaner for the Village
Centre is required on a
permanent basis. Flexible
hours, payment by
agreement. For more details
contact Karen Crofts on
 01264 738025 or email
[email protected] .
St Mary Bourne Village Centre is a registered charitable
trust set up for the benefit of the community. Trustees
are responsible for controlling the management and
administration of the Village Centre.
The Management Committee consists of five Trustees
and a number of co-opted members. Trustees are
elected for a term of five years at the Annual General
There are currently vacancies for new trustees. If you
are interested in becoming a trustee of the Village Centre
charity or wish to obtain more information, please
contact the Hon Secretary, Karen Crofts,  01264
738025, email [email protected] , or
write to: Karen Crofts, Wendover House, St Mary Bourne,
Andover, Hampshire, SP11 6AY.
Grant application success
The Management Committee was delighted to hear
from the Borough Council just before Christmas that our
funding application for the ‘enhancement of community
facilities’ had been successful. We were awarded £2,832
for refurbishment of the Main Hall floor and redecoration. The works were completed recently.
Annual General Meeting
Thursday 26th February 2015 - at 8pm in the Club
Room of the Village Centre - Everyone is welcome.
Please come along, air your views, meet the trustees and
ask any questions. It is YOUR Village Centre
See our website:
St Mary Bourne & Woodcott
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Parish Magazine for Hurstbourne Priors, Longparish and St Mary Bourne & Woodcott
Summary Report - Parish Council Meeting Tuesday 9th December 2014
The full parish council and the Clerk were present. County
Councillor Tom Thacker and Borough Councillor Graham
Falconer attended part of the meeting; so did three
members of the public on behalf of Priors Players, the
Flooding & Emergency Group and the Long Term Planning
Group (LTPG).
Borough Councillor Report - Bells Field Update: Cllr
Graham Falconer gave an update on the planning progress
for Bells Field. He and Cllr John Izett had attended a local
meeting and listened to the views of 22 residents. The final
decision on the application will be taken by the full
Development Control Committee. Cllrs Falconer and Izett
had met Brian Conlon, the relevant planning officer, to
explain some of the background. After a further meeting on
9 December, Cllr Falconer reported that the developers had
now asked for an extension to make some changes to the
existing application or to submit a new one. Therefore the
earliest the application could go to the Development Control
Committee would be end-February 2015.
County Councillor Report - Cllr Tom Thacker reported on:
a) the possible increase of powers to local government as
an outcome of the Scottish referendum; b) a new free
support service in Hampshire for adults and families with
disabled children; c) HCC’s response to extra government
funding in respect of groundwater flooding in rural
communities; d) a HCC grant of £60,000 to B&DBC for
“Have Your Say” projects, and finally e) the possibility of
Superfast broadband in StMB in 2015.
Priors Players - Application for a grant towards Portaloo
provision for the outdoor production of ‘A Midsummer
Night’s Dream’ to be staged in June 2015: Priors Players
chairman, Sophy Blakeway, explained that this was a
special event only held every 25 years. Priors Players was
embarking on a series of fundraising events and it hoped
also that ticket prices would cover the usual staging costs
whilst still being affordable for all parishioners. However,
Portaloos would be needed for rehearsals and on the night
itself, and this was an exceptional cost item for which Priors
Players was applying to the Parish Council for a grant. She
suggested a grant of £500 which could be repaid from any
production surplus over £1,000. Following a vote on this
suggestion, the council agreed to make a grant of £500 to
Priors Players.
Flooding and Emergency Measures - The council and
Clem Jones held detailed discussions on various matters
such as dredging watercourses and groundwater levels. A
PC flier to the parish about potential risks, useful contacts,
and flood-proofing measures was under consideration and
would shortly be finalised. Details of B&DBC sandbags
provision, flood grants to affected houses and EA warnings
were also discussed. Clem Jones felt that there would not
be a repeat of flooding this winter but it would be useful to
know who had spare pumps and Andrew Shegog offered
hay bales to assist in flood protection. Hants Highways
would be asked about the option of digging-out under the
pinch-point of the main bridge in Stoke to increase water
through-put. Clem also suggested that the PC commission a
hydrological engineer to advise on an extension of the
current main street drainage pipe to discharge below the
Summerhaugh Bridge instead of above the bridge as at
Neighbourhood Plan (NP) - Update: Andrew Shegog
addressed the council. An updated draft NP had been
forwarded to the parish council. Andrew outlined various
clashes between the NP’s findings (through public
consultation) and B&DBC, such as a lack of coordination
between B&DBC planning and housing departments, the
January 2015
delay in producing the B&DBC Local Plan to which the NP is
linked, and also that B&DBC does not recognise the supply
of new housing within a few miles of StMB in Test Valley BC
area. After employing a consultant to finalise the draft plan,
the LTPG will return to the parish council in early 2015 to
take a decision on whether to go ahead with a
Neighbourhood Plan or a Parish Plan.
Black Garden - Community Right to Bid: The PC agreed
that a Community Right to Bid (CR2B) application on Black
Garden should be made with B&DBC.
Finance Committee’s Budget Proposals for the 2015/16
Financial Year - A number of matters were discussed in
detail and would be further discussed and agreed at the
next Parish Council meeting on 20 January. The Precept
and Grant deadline is 31 January 2015.
Recreation Ground and Lake - The Clerk had received no
response to a S106 application to B&DBC for monies for
pavilion refurbishment.
Highways/Transport/Services - The clerk continued to
advise Hants Highways of potholes and other road matters
via the Hants Highways Report portal. This portal is open to
any resident to notify Hants Highways of any problems. The
clerk was asked to set up a date for Hants Highways to
meet to discuss various highway matters including parking
in the Square and the road / river bank along Gangbridge
Community Speed Watch (CSW) - Due to the lack of new
volunteers for this initiative, the CSW team had decided to
temporarily suspend their services. The chairman
sympathised with their decision and expressed his thanks
for their work. The clerk was in discussion with the police
about how volunteer recruiting could be stepped-up.
Full parish council meeting minutes can be viewed
at or at the Parish
Council Office. Next Parish Council Meeting:
Tuesday 20th January 2015, 19.30
Next Parish Council Planning Committee Meeting:
Tuesday 27th January 2015, 18.30
Summary Report of recent
Local Planning Authority Decisions
Application for Certificate of Lawfulness for an
existing development at land at Hopgoods Farm,
Stoke (14/02275/LDEO) - Granted
Conversion of traditional agricultural building to
residential use and associated works at Upper Wyke
Manor (14/02003/LBC) - Application Withdrawn
Newly registered
Planning Applications
Erection of 4 bay oak frame carport and storage area
at Oak Tree Farmhouse, Upper Wyke Lane
Planning Committee meeting reports can be viewed
Details of all Planning Applications for the Parish
can be accessed on the B&DBC website: or by contacting
the Parish Council Clerk  01264 738 039
Could parishioners who own water pumps and might
be willing to lend them to local residents who experience
flooding this winter, please  01264 738039 or
email [email protected]
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Parish Magazine for Hurstbourne Priors, Longparish and St Mary Bourne & Woodcott
Village Shop and Post Office News
New Year… New Beginnings…
This New Year will be a time of great upheaval for our
Village Shop and Post Office but we hope that we will get
through it together! We will try to keep a smile on
everyone’s face as we deal with the changes. But it may
be challenging in the early days. Please be patient.
First of all, you may have noticed building work going
on at the shop. Various modifications had to be made to
incorporate Post Office property into the structure and
the remaining space in the stockroom will be
reorganised. We hope that this work will have been
completed by the time you read this magazine. Watch
this space!
The Village Shop and Post Office will be closed
for one day only on Monday 5th January.
The Post Office facility only will be closed from
Thursday 8th to Thursday 15th January inclusive.
It will re-open as a Post Office Local on
Friday 16th January.
We regret any inconvenience these closures will cause
and will try to limit this as much as possible. Please let us
know if there is anything we can do to help during this
time, particularly if you are without transport.
Lisa is making good progress with her knee injury and
would like to thank everyone for their kind messages and
gifts. She looks forward to seeing everyone again soon.
Well done, Cydni and all the team for everything you
have done over the festive period. Cydni's outfits have
been brilliantly uplifting for the spirits in the cold
January 2015
(Community production
to be held in June 2015)
Arrive 7pm for 7.30pm start.
Tickets £5 to include sandwiches half way
Tickets available from Jane Snow on 01264 738456.
Please put the date in your diary!
Teams of any size but
maximum 8 players
St Peter's Church Christmas Bazaar on Saturday
6th December raised a record total of over £1,650!
With our very best wishes for a prosperous New
Year from the St Mary Bourne Village Shop
My name is Rebecca Butler.
I am 16, live in St Mary Bourne, and I am currently
doing my AS Levels at Peter Symonds College.
Rev’d Craig with Bat & James Redfern on the Bottle Tombola
Many thanks to the organisers, Sandra and Swee, the
stallholders and everyone, including Father Christmas,
who came to support the event.
St Mary Bourne Bowling Club held a most
For my Photography AS Level I am doing a project on
how St Mary Bourne has changed over time. I would be
very grateful to borrow any old photographs of St Mary
Bourne, including any old Frith postcards of the village.
I would scan any items lent to me and return them
promptly. Please contact me either on my mother’s email
address ([email protected] ) or by telephone
 01264 738 046.
enjoyable coffee morning on Saturday 13th December.
Attendance was fantastic and we were able to have hot
sausage rolls and mince pies.
All the attractions did well and the Grand Draw was a
huge success. It was a delight that so many people from
the village attended as well as a good number of
bowlers. A magnificent £363.60 was raised.
The club would like to say a big thank you for the
wonderful support that the village gives us and to remind
everybody that Bingo evenings continue (dates from
Angie Cook  01264 738158) throughout the winter. All
are most welcome.
Finally we start to bowl again in April and our Open
Day is 25th April, so do come along and meet us all.
Every best wish for 2015.
Rod Sutcliffe
President SMB Bowling Club
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Parish Magazine for Hurstbourne Priors, Longparish and St Mary Bourne & Woodcott
January 2015
A Lighter Touch
Conservation and
Local Crayfish
Food, Glorious Food
Turkey, Stilton and Leek Flan
This is an excellent way of using up Christmas
Leftovers... delicious with salad and a baked potato.
500g packet fresh short crust pastry
500g turkey meat
225g stilton... crumbled
675g leeks trimmed
50g butter
200ml cream
Salt and pepper and nutmeg
3 eggs
Cayenne pepper and a few dots of butter
Roll out the pastry and line a large greased and floured
quiche dish and refrigerate. In a small bowl beat the
eggs and cream together. Chop up the turkey and mix
with the stilton on a plate.
Finely slice leeks and cook slowly in butter until soft.
Season them and remove from the heat.
Add the egg mixture, turkey and cheese to the leeks
and mix well.
Fill pastry case with this mixture and dot with butter
and cayenne pepper and bake for about 35 minutes until
golden brown and firm, and serve warm.
This recipe comes from a book called "In a Stew"
Yum… yum…
This year’s Lighter Touch
articles will focus on
conservation issues, and this month we have the perfect
crossover topic which combines the provision of a local
sustainable food with the protection measures currently
being taken to avoid the eradication of one of our native
Our indigenous white clawed crayfish are under threat
of extinction from the American signal crayfish which not
only kill our wild fish and amphibians, but also eat water
plants. They reduce cover for our own wildlife and
burrow into the river banks causing erosion and poor
water quality.
However, the signal crayfish also
happen to be delicious to eat and a
couple of Whitchurch entrepreneurs
are starting up an aquaponics farm on
a local brownfield site. This
sustainable project will involve feeding
up (farming) the American signal
crayfish (which have been caught as
part of a local licensed eradication
programme) and Tilapia fish on one level, whilst growing
vegetables on a higher tier, using the fish excreta in a
closed loop system which has a very low environmental
You can find out more at
This project is being backed by a not-for-profit
voluntary organisation called Incredible Edible North
Hampshire who are trying to create vibrant and resilient
local food networks in local communities. They are also
planting a new orchard of 33 apple trees in Whitchurch
on January 17th and are looking for volunteers.
Look at
The Spiced Sticky Nuts recipe in Hill & Valley
December issue came from ‘Make it Easy’ by Jane Lovett.
See Longparish page 5
The very attractive pictured
mug is available from the
Imperial War Museum and I am
delighted with the appearance
and quality of the small number I
have purchased for my own use.
They are not easy to obtain but I have now established a
link with the IWM. The cost of each mug, including
postage, is £9.50.
I am happy to co-ordinate one bulk purchase at £10
each, with any surplus going to the village WW1 group.
Anyone wishing to place a firm order should please
contact me on  01264 738225 to arrange how I can
receive a cheque or £10 note by Saturday 10th
January, without which I will not be able to place an
Philip Winchcombe - [email protected]
Mobile Library
St Mary Bourne Village Shop - 11.45am to 12.15pm
Stoke Gate - 13.15 to 13.45pm
Monday 26th January 2015
● 23rd February ● 23rd March ● 20th April
Bin collections
If your normal collections
day would be
Put your grey / green bin
out on
Monday 29th December
Monday 5th January
Monday 12 January
Wednesday 31st December
Wednesday 7th January
Tuesday 13 January
Collections should return to normal from Monday 19th
January. For more information about bin collections see or  01256 844844.